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Research and Instruction Services

A team of faculty research and instruction librarians specializing in information science and diverse subject areas provides information, instruction, and guidance on retrieving all types of information. We help with the use of all library resources and technology, while promoting information literacy and enabling lifelong learning. We serve the MSU community, the citizens of Montana, and others. Talk with us at the Research Center Desk (located on the first floor of the Renne Library) or contact us via telephone, text, email, chat,or by appointment.


Reference Services

  • Live, one-on-one personalized assistance at the Research Center Desk and through our Research Consultation Program
  • Computers with access to Internet and all online library resources, along with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and access to student Z drives
  • Laser printers (250 free pages each semester on your CatCard)
  • The latest dictionaries, encyclopedias, directories, handbooks, atlases, and many other print sources for statistical, bibliographic, and background information

Instructional Services

Collaborate with librarians to improve your or your students' research and information skills. The Library provides a wide range of instructional services to help you and your students. We offer instruction sessions to help students learn to use library resources. Sessions introduce students to library databases, library research, source evaluation, as well as in-depth instruction for advanced users. For more, see the library instruction mission statement.

Library Liaisons available for instruction, research assistance, and research consultations By College and Department or Alphabetical by name

Research Consultations  one-on-one consultation sessions are available by appointment

Request a library instruction session

Create an Effective Library Assignment create an assignment using library resources that works well for students

Library Guides  for courses, subjects, technology, and styles like APA, MLA, and Turabian

Online Tutorials  video demonstrations of library databases, the catalog, and other resources


Contact us

Come and see us! The Research Center Desk is on the main floor of the Library

Phone us! 1-406-994-3171

Send us a Question via Email

Chat with us! See chat box at left

Text Us! Send question to 1-406-219-1060. See details.

Make an appointment!  Appointment for a research consultation

Fax: 406-994-2851 (Attn: Research Desk)

Mail: MSU Library Research Center Desk
P.O. Box 173320
Bozeman, MT 59717-3320